2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir – Oregon’s Greatest Pinot Noir Value

The 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir is that rare under -$20 Oregon Pinot Noir that truly delivers the goods!  I’m talking about classic Oregon Pinot character — spice and earth infused red fruit on the nose, medium bodied and silky on the palate, and a long and fulfilling finish.  So many of the wines I taste in this price range are pleasant, but they lack depth and nuance.  Not this one!  Ryan Harms and his team at Union Wine Company struck gold with their 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and this one must be tasted to be believed.  Guess what?  You can stop by Friday, July 21 any time between 4-7 p.m. and give it a try.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.  It’s the new Wine of the Week, and it’s Oregon’s greatest Pinot Noir value.  Here’s the deal:

2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir — On Sale Through August 5th

Regular Price: $19.99/bottle

Sale Price: $17.99/bottle or $15.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack, or $14.99/bottle on your solid case!

In case you haven’t heard, Vintage 2015 is being called another stellar vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir.  On the heels of the wonderful 2014 vintage, which I didn’t think could be topped, 2015 was another dry and hot one in Oregon.  It was also one that yielded a bountiful crop of very high quality grapes.  Healthy, perfectly ripened grapes and lots of them — it’s vintages like these where Union Wine Company thrives.

Founded in 2005, this negociant operation doesn’t own any vineyards.  They buy all of their fruit, and Ryan Harms is a very well connected guy.  He cut his teeth as assistant winemaker at Bergstrom, then as head winemaker at Torri Mor and Rex Hill prior to starting his own operation.  Ryan won’t tell me who or exactly where he sourced his grapes, but he did reveal that 100% of the fruit came from the Willamette Valley.  His ability to blend little bits and pieces together into a harmonious and delicious wine is truly admirable.

In 2015, Ryan had abundant fruit sources to pick from, and he knocked it outta’ the park!  100% Pinot Noir, this one is fermented in stainless steel and is then aged in French oak (25% new) for 8 months.  The resulting wine literally boggled my mind when I tasted it a couple of weeks back.  Typically, under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir is simple and fruit forward, but this one really packs a punch.  Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, strawberry, cinnamon and nutmeg are abundant in this medium bodied red wine.  Smooth and silky on the palate, it is generously fruited and concentrated with great acidity providing energy and lift to the wine. 

I’m not kidding when I say that this is the best under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir I’ve ever tried.  Ideal as a cocktail red, it would also pair nicely with grilled salmon, chicken or pork chops.  Trust me, you’re going to like it!  Stop by Friday, July 21 (4-7 p.m.) to try it, stop by the store to pick some up, or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com, and I’ll hold your order for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville this summer!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Willamette Valley Wine Tasting

Willamette Valley Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, July 21 from 4-7 p.m. – Join us as we pour you a trio of our favorite Willamette Valley wines.  Taste the the 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir, our new Wine of the Week and the best under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir we’ve ever tasted!

Oregon has enjoyed a string of back to back incredible vintages.  Both 2014 and 2015 are being called two of the best vintages in the history of the state.  Hot and dry conditions yielded fuller, riper wines than usual, and I’m a huge fan.  Stop by and taste what I’m talking about.  Up first, it’s an incredible, Burgundy-like Chardonnay from Omero Cellars.  One of the best domestic Chardonnay values in the store, it is seriously complex and absolutely delicious.  Next, it’s an aromatic and delicious white blend from the folks at Anne Amie.  An Alsatian-like field blend of Riesling, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc and a few others, it is lightly effervescent and fruit forward.  To finish, it’s the brilliant 2015 Pinot Noir from Kings Ridge.  I just had a bottle of this the other night, and it reminded me of wines that typically cost $30+.  Flowing with silky red fruits, baking spices, and a hint of earth, this medium bodied red is really delicious this year.  Stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2014 Omero Cellars Chardonnay (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – This small winery sources grapes from organic, biodynamic and sustainably farmed vineyards.  And they put those grapes to good use! Winemaker Sarah Cabot ferments with indigenous yeasts low and slow — the fermentation takes place in a mixture of new and used French oak and takes 8 months to complete.  This slow and natural fermentation saps all of the flavor out of the grapes, and this is a very complex and full flavored Chardonnay.  
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Anne Amie Cuvée A “Amrita” (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – The name Amrita comes from the Buddhist equivalent of ambrosia, or a wine of the gods.  Anne Amie’s white blend combines 6 different white grapes together each harvest to create an irresistible, lightly effervescent, fruit-forward wine.  A blend of Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, it is fruit filled and just off-dry.  We think it’s the perfect white wine to pair with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – Ryan Harms started Union Wine Company with goal of “making wines for everyone.”  He has succeeded!  His wines are affordable, they’re delicious, and here’s the proof.  A wonderful rendition of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, his 2015 is the best value of its type that we’ve ever stocked.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.999 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $17.99/bottle, $15.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack, or $14.99/bottle on your solid case!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588
josh@tablewineasheville.com

Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Wine of the Week – 2014 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir

This is a real treat for Oregon Pinot Noir fans!  From the same producer who crafted the highest rated Oregon Pinot Noir of the vintage, The Wine Advocate called the 2014 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills “the bargain of the vintage.”  

2014 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills – On sale through Wednesday, November 23rd

Regular Price: $29.99/bottle

Sale Price: $24.99/bottle or $23.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack

“During my stay in Oregon I was explaining to a couple of people about winemakers with “the knack.” They just get it. They know how to make great Pinot Noir seemingly effortlessly, and practice small things that make a big difference. And Jim Maresh has the knack, because despite his laidback attitude towards life, I reckon he’s not that way at all when it comes to his wines.  You can’t make them this good without caring. What’s more, he told me how he sees no reason to price his wines so highly that people can’t enjoy them, a fiscal approach dichotomous to others, they make the error of setting price first and then making the wine to fit it.”  – Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate summing up Jim Maresh’s philosophy and intuitive approach to making wine.

I met Jim Maresh 4 years ago for a tasting at his family’s old red barn at the top of the Dundee Hills.  At this point, Jim was 27 or 28 years old, and he was already being called one of the best winemakers in the Willamette Valley.  I was already a big fan of the wines, but meeting and tasting with Jim gave me an even deeper appreciation for the wines.  One of my favorite parts of the meeting was when I asked Jim what he thought about all the acclaim he had been receiving as a winemaker.  He chuckled and said that making great wine is easy……….just don’t mess with it.  Though this might seem like a simplistic view of wine, it’s a philosophy that has been followed for hundreds of years by all of the great wineries of the world.  Take care of your vineyards and you’ll get healthy grapes……….healthy grapes make great wines.  The winemaker is the attentive, but not the overly intrusive parent.  Jim Maresh lives by this philosophy and it seems to be working quite well for him.

 

Arterberry Maresh Red Barn Tasting Room

The Red Barn Tasting Room at Arterberry Maresh.

Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate described the current roster of Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noirs as “some of the best range of wines that I tasted from the 2014 vintage.”  All 4 of the winery’s 2014 Pinot Noirs scored 90 points or higher, with their Maresh Vineyard bottling topping them all with a 95 point score…….we’ve got a few bottles of that one in stock for those who are interested. The 2014 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills is the estate’s entry level wine………..it is way too good to be called entry level.  Neal Martin says, “The 2014 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills is a blend of Maresh, Juliard, Weber, Gehrts and Folie Hill vineyards. It has a fresh and vibrant bouquet with red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, touches of blood orange with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin – a mixture here of red and black fruit, meaty in style with a Pommard-like finish that lingers in the mouth.”

A blend of grapes from 6 top vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA (including some of that majestic Maresh Vineyard fruit), the wine pours a lovely translucent-ruby color and offers up aromas of cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and assorted spices to start.  With about 15 minutes of air, the fruit really pops, but the secondary, savory, complex notes begin to emerge and intensify as the wine gets more air.  Rhubarb, cinnamon, incense, and smoked meat come to mind.  The palate is energetic and medium bodied with fine tannin and perfectly integrated acidity.  A beautifully elegant expression of the 2014 vintage, this is a wine to sip slowly and let the aromas and flavors develop, to enjoy with broiled salmon or roast chicken, or to cellar for up to 10 years.

Stop by the store to pick some up or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com and I’ll set some aside for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
828.505.8588

 

 

 

Free wine tasting in Asheville, NC.

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – New Arrivals Including Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir

Try 3 For Free Wine Tasting – Join us as we’ll pour some new arrivals including the stellar 2014 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir!  Saturday, October 29th from 2-5pm.

For fans of Oregon Pinot Noir, you don’t want to miss this free wine tasting!  Jim Maresh of Arterberry Maresh crafts some of our favorite Pinot Noirs in the world, and we’ll be pulling the cork on his highly touted 2014.  Silky, savory, and complex, this wine called the “bargain of the vintage” by The Wine Advocate, and Vintage 2014 was a great one in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  That’s the highlight of the tasting, but that’s not all we’re pouring.  We’ll also have a beautifully aromatic and charming white from Oregon and a lush and exotic Viognier from Southern France.  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn, and save!  Can’t make it by, but want to place an order?  Just email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.

The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2015 Le Paradou Viognier (Languedoc, France) – In our estimation, this is the best Viognier for the money in the marketplace.  From organic and sustainably farmed vineyards located in various parts of Southern France, it shows the grape’s tell-tale aromatic qualities, but remains fresh and crisp on the palate.  Look for notes of peach, melon, citrus and honeysuckle.  
Tasting Price: $10.79/bottle | $10.19 in mixed six packs | $9.59 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Anne Amie Cuvée A “Amrita” (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – The name Amrita comes from the Buddhist equivalent of ambrosia, or a wine of the gods.  Anne Amie’s white blend combines 6 different white grapes together each harvest to create an irresistible, lightly effervescent, fruit-forward wine.  A blend of Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, it is fruit filled and just off-dry.  We think it’s the perfect white wine to pair with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Dundee Hills (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – It’s our Wine of the Week, and it’s delicious!  Made with fruit from 6 of the top vineyard sites in the Dundee Hills section of the Willamette Valley, this one really sings.  Mediume bodied, silky, and flowing with ripe red fruits, complex earth and spice notes, this is one of the best “entry level” Pinot Noirs out there.
Tasting Price: $26.99 on mixed 3-packs | $25.49 on mixed 6-packs | $23.99 on mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $24.99/bottle or $23.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack

2014 Elk Cove Pinot Noir

2014 Elk Cove Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Wine of the Week – A stunning Pinot Noir from a nearly perfect vintage – The reviews are in and Vintage 2014 in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is being hailed as the best vintage the state has ever experienced!  Warm temperatures and dry conditions resulted in a bumper crop of high quality, powerful Pinot Noirs, and Adam Campbell of Elk Cove produced one of the vintages great values.  At less than $30/bottle (and as low as $23.99), it “behaves” like many Oregon Pinot Noirs that cost 2 to 3 times the price!  It’s our new Wine of the Week, and here’s the deal

2014 Elk Cove Pinot Noir – On Sale Through Wednesday, September 7th

Regular Price: $29.99/bottle

Sale Price: $26.99/bottle (beats the best online price), $23.99 on solid 6-packs or more (20% off and the best price in the country) 

Elk Cove was founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell on an old abandoned and overgrown homestead in the foothills of the Coast Range Mountains.  They were among an early group of bold, brave, and ambitious producers to put vines down in Oregon.  Everyone that knew anything about wine at the time advised them against it, saying Oregon was too cold and too wet to support the vine.  The Campbells, along with their five children, fearlessly moved forward with their project, and we’re glad they did.  Forty years later, Elk Cove is considered one of the finest wineries in the state, and it’s still family owned and operated.  These days, Joe and Pat’s son Adam oversees all aspects of the winery, from farming to winemaking.  He’s proud, he’s methodical, and his attention to detail ensures quality from vine to bottle.

Every respected wine writer and periodical in the country has rated the 2014 vintage in Oregon favorably.  Wine Spectator rated the vintage 97 points, Wine Business.com called it “the vintage of a lifetime,” and Great Britain’s Decanter called the vintage a “juggernaut” with “quality the public will fall all over.” Warmer and drier than usual, the 2014 crop of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir was large and in charge!  Possessing deeper colors, riper flavors, and more concentrated personalities, these are wines that offer immediate gratification as well as cellar potential.  The 2014 Elk Cove Pinot Noir pours a lovely, dark ruby color and the bouquet is marked by a mix of ripe cherry, strawberry, and dark raspberry. As the wine breathes, more brown spice and earth notes arise.  On the palate, the wine is medium bodied and the texture is structured, yet silky.  The flavors are of red berries, black tea and earthy spice, and the finish goes on and on for at least 30 seconds. Drink this lovely wine now with wild salmon, roast chicken or pork tenderloin, or cellar for 5 to 7 years.

If you know me, you know I’m a “Pinot Devotee,” and this is one of the best under $30 Oregon Pinots I’ve encountered this year.  Stop by and pick some up,call us at 828.505.8588 or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll set some aside for you for up to a week. Cheers and happy drinking and eating!

Joe Wagner's Elouan Pinot Noir.

2014 Elouan Pinot Noir

Wine of the Weeks – A stunning new Oregon Pinot Noir release from the Wagner family!  I’m just going to tell it like it is — this is the “new” Meiomi Pinot Noir!  After selling his Meiomi brand to Constellation late last year, Joe Wagner has invested millions into Elouan Pinot Noir, his new project in Oregon.  As he says: “With Elouan we have managed to achieve ripe fruit characters, while retaining the quintessential Oregon Pinot Noir subtleties and nuances of bright acidity and a rich earthiness to the wine.”  After tasting this one last week, I have to say that Joe has hit a home run with this wine!  I don’t always agree with  the winemaker’s descriptions of their wines, but Joe has definitely outdone himself with this one.  If you are or were a fan of Meiomi, you definitely need to give this a try.  It’s the 2014 Elouan Pinot Noir, and it’s our new Wine of the Weeks.  Here’s the deal:

2014 Elouan Pinot Noir — On sale through Tuesday, June 14th 

Regular Price: $19.99/bottle

Sale Price: $17.99/bottle or $15.99 when you buy a solid 6-pack or more

Much like he did with Meiomi, Joe is crafting this wine by sourcing fruit from a variety of zones throughout Oregon to create a balanced and harmonious wine. The cooler climate character of the Willamette Valley contributes acidity, earth and complex spice notes while the fruit sourced from the warmer Rogue and Umqua Valleys adds a rich and ripe fruit character.  Joe’s goal with the wine is to develop richer flavors and fuller bodied texture while still maintaining the classic silky and complex character that Oregon Pintot Noir is known for.  He has succeeded!

What amazes me about this wine is the price!  If you know Oregon Pinot Noir, you know that it’s hard (nearly impossible) to find good Oregon Pinot for less than $20.  This is great Oregon Pinot Noir for less than $20!  In fact, I think it drinks like one that would typically cost you $30+.  It pours a deep ruby red color and the nose is packed with aromas of ripe red fruits, brown spice, and mellow earth notes.  On the palate, it is fuller bodied than most Pinots from the state, but it maintains varietal consistency and character in the form of its silky, supple and soft texture — velvet comes to mind.  Ripe flavors of cherry, strawberry, pomegranate and cinnamon are clearly present, but there is a slight savory/earthy/complex character to the wine that reminds you that it comes from Oregon.

Sound too good to be true?  Don’t listen to me, come try it this Friday.  Alternatively, listen to me and email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com or stop by the store and pick some up before the sale ends!  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

Asheville's best free wine tasting!

Free on Friday Wine Tasting – Pinot Noir

Free on Friday Wine Tasting this Friday, May 27th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.!  Drop by any time between 4 and 7 p.m. this Friday and get your weekend off to a good start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville.  For this week’s tasting, it’s all about Pinot Noir, and this is your chance to sample our new Wine of the Weeks — the new vintage of the Elouan Pinot Noir from Joe Wagner.  After selling Meiomi last year for $365 million, Joe has put all of his energy and sizable funds into Elouan, his new Oregon project.  You will get to sample both of the Elouan wines (Pinot Noir and Rose of Pinot Noir), and we’ll throw a great value Burgundy into the mix as well.  Stop by, taste, learn, and save up to 20% off on all of the tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

The Wines

1. 2015 Elouan Rose (Various Regions, Oregon) – Elouan’s dry rose is composed of 100% Pinot Noir grown specifically to make this wine — we’ll explain more at the tasting.  Fermented in stainless steel, it exhibits abundant notes of raspberry, strawberry and citrus fruits followed by gentle spice, mineral and floral notes.  This is a brilliant effort from Joe Wagner and his team at Elouan.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed six packs | $15.99 in mixed cases


2. NV Roncier Rouge Vin de Table  (Burgundy, France) – This “mysterious” red wine requires a little bit of research to unveil what is actually in the bottle.  That’s what we do!  The wine comes from Maison L. Tramier et Fils, a family run winery started in 1842.  Located in the southern part of Burgundy, in and around the village of Mercurey, this wine is not vintage dated, but it is Pinot Noir and a great introduction to earthy Red Burgundy.  At this price, how can you say no?
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 on mixed 6-packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

3. 2014 Elouan Pinot Noir (Various Regions, Oregon) – It’s our new Wine of the Weeks, it’s an incredible value in delicious Oregon Pinot Noir, and it cann be yours for as low as $15.99/bottle!  Joe Wagner, the man who built and then sold Meiomi for $365 million, has put all of his energy and some of those profits into his new Oregon Pinot Noir project.  It has paid off!  This is a lovely rendition of Oregon Pinot Noir from a great vintage — fuller bodied, flowing iwth silky and ripe red fruit, and possessing notable earthy complexity, you will be hard pressed to find a better Oregon Pinot for the money.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.99 in mixed six packs | $15.99 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $17.99/bottle or $15.99/bottle when you buy a solid 6-pack

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir

2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir

Wine of the Weeks – Vintage 2014 is a great one in Oregon and the 2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir is one of the best values out there!  Come try it this Friday, April 29th any time between 4 and 7 p.m., stop by and pick some up, or email me at josh@tablewineasheville.com to place your order.  Mark my words, the 2014 vintage in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is a great one, very similar in quality to the 2012 vintage.  If you know me, you know I love my Pinot Noir, and I’m just going to come out and say that this is one of the best Willamette Valley Pinot Noir values I’ve ever tasted.  At less than $25 by the bottle and as low as $18.99/bottle, it “behaves” like many of its higher priced peers.  It’s on sale for the next two weeks and here’s the deal:

2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir — On sale through Tuesday, May 10th

Regular Price: $23.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.59/bottle (10% off) or $18.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (that’s over 20% off)

Founded in 1982, Montinore Estate is the largest organic wine producer in the United States.  The estate is composed of 210 acres situated at the northern end of the Willamette Valley (quite close to Elk Cove), and all 210 of those acres are Demeter Certified Biodynamic and Stellar Certified Organic.  Today, the estate is owned and operated by Rudy and Susan Marchesi and their two daughters.  They live on their estate, are very much in touch with their land and their vineyards, and are very passionate about maintaining the health of their soils.  Simply put, healthy dirt full of vibrant microbial life leads to more complex and delicious wines.

Every respected wine writer and periodical in the country has rated the 2014 vintage in Oregon as stellar; Wine Spectator said “if you’re looking for power in your Pinot, 2014 is it.” It’s more powerful than 2012 but not as overpowering as 2009 could be.”  Dry and warm conditions resulted in Pinots with darker colors, riper flavors, and more concentrated personalities than what is usually encountered in Oregon.  Montinore’s Pinot Noir definitely achieved all of that and then some!  It pours a gorgeous dark ruby color and the nose is packed with warm, ripe cherry, strawberry, dark raspberry, spice and forest floor aromas.  On the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied, supple and seamless, and loaded with flavors of ripe red fruits, black tea, and brown spice.  A perfect candidate for grilled salmon, poultry, or pork tenderloin, but also delicious with nothing more than a glass, this beauty will drink well over the next 3 to 5 years.

If you know me, you know I’m a “Pinot Devotee,” and this is one of the best under $30 Oregon Pinots I’ve encountered in my 16 year career.  Stop by the store and pick some up or shoot us an email and we’ll hold your wine for you for up to 2 weeks.  Until then, happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
828.505.8588 or josh@tablewineasheville.com

 

Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee

Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir “Cali’s Cuvee” 2012

Wine of the Weeks – Another Stunning Oregon Pinot Noir from the Brilliant 2012 Vintage – If you’ve been shopping with us for awhile, you’ll remember how good the 2012 Elk Cove Pinot Noir was.  Guess what?  This one is just as good and a lot less expensive.  Oregon’s Willamette Valley experienced a brilliant vintage in 2012 (Wine Spectator rated the vintage 97 points), and this might be the last great value available from the vintage.  Rated 92 points by Wine & Spirits Magazine, I just bought the last 6 cases of this one.  The plan is to pour it this Saturday, October 31st if we have any left.  It’s the 2012 Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir “Cali’s Cuvee” and it’s our new Wine of the Weeks.  Here’s the deal:

2012 Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir “Cali’s Cuvee” – On Sale Through Tuesday, November 10th

Regular Price: $24.99/bottle

Sale Price: $21.99/bottle or $19.99/bottle on 6-packs or more

Left Coast Cellars is one of Oregon’s rising stars.  Founded just 12 years ago by Suzanne and Robert Pfaff, the estate has close to 160 acres under vine, and the winery is about as “clean” as they come.  The winery is LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe certified, and they also participate in the groundbreaking program “Salud” that guarantees basic healthcare to seasonal field workers.  And last but not least, the winery is 90 solar powered, making it the second largest solar grant in Oregon.

This care for the land and the people who tend it is admirable, but what about the wine?  I know, there’s a lot of organic and sustainable wines out there that just don’t deliver.  This one over delivers!  Named after the family’s daughter, this is 100% Pinot Noir made with Dijon, Pommard, and Wadenswil clones.  It is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 10 months in French oak.  Beautifully scented with that classic Oregon earth and fruit balance, it is ripe, silky, and harmonious.  Supple dark cherry, plum, forest floor, and exotic spice notes inform the nose and the palate of this fuller styled, but silky smooth Oregon Pinot Noir.

Like I said, I ordered the last six cases of the 2012 of this one, and we’ve got some serious Oregon Pinot Noir fans. Thus, I can assure you that this one won’t be around for long.  To place your order, call us at 828.505.8588 or email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com.  We’ll be glad to hold your order for you until you can make it by. Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

2012 Solena Pinot Noir Grand Cuvee

Wine of the Weeks: 2012 Solena Pinot Noir “Grand Cuvee”

Wine of the Weeks – 92 Point Rated Oregon Pinot Noir For Less Than $25!  2012 Solena Pinot Noir “Grand Cuvée” – This is one of the last remaining highly rated Oregon Pinot Noirs from the brilliant 2012 vintage, and we’ve got about 3 cases left.  Rated 92 points by Wine Spectator, it’s one of only three Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs from the vintage to score 92 points and sell for less than $25.  Trust us, it’s drinking like a dream right now, so you can either stop by and pick some up or you can email us at josh@tablewineasheville.com and we’ll be glad to set some back for you.

2012 Solena Pinot Noir “Grand Cuvée” – On Sale Through Tuesday, August 4th

Regular Price: $29.99/bottle 

Sale Price: $24.99/bottle – That’s 20% Off!!! 

After successful careers working for other Oregon wineries, Laurent and Danielle Andrus Montalieu founded their own estate winery in 2002.  Laurent was the longtime winemaker at Oregon’s famed WillaKenzie Estate and Danielle sharpened her skills at her family’s Pine Ridge Winery before heading north to help start Archery Summit.  Working together, the couple have established Solena as one of the rising star producers of Oregon.

Good Oregon Pinot Noir is all about balance and complexity, and the Montalieu’s 2012 Grand Cuvée is both of those things.  Medium bodied and flowing with aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit with background notes of earthy spice and just a whiff of toasty oak.  Smooth, supple, and harmonious in the mouth, it glides across the palate with seamless red fruit and spice, finishing with just a hint of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.  Like all of the best 2012 Oregon Pinot Noirs, this is fuller, richer, and more intense, but it’s still elegant and nuanced.

You could easily slug this back with nothing more than a glass and a friend, but do yourself a favor and try it with grilled salmon, pork tenderloin, chicken, or even filet mignon.  Like I said, supplies are limited so don’t delay. Happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Wine Spectator: 92 points
“Sleek, lithe and inviting, with juicy cherry, black cherry and gentle spice flavors that glide quickly over polished tannins into a long and vivid finish. This has presence, harmony, depth and persistence. Best from 2016 through 2022.”